Plans of Study

The master of social work program offers three different plans of study. Students may choose the plan of study that best suits their needs and schedules.

Option 1: Students to enter in the fall semester and complete the degree over four terms of study in two academic years.

Option 2: The foundation curriculum is completed over two years on a "part-time" basis and the advanced concentration curriculum is completed full-time over the last nine months of study.

Option 3: Students complete the MSW over four full terms of study, beginning in spring and including one summer semester. The full MSW program is completed in 16 months.

View detailed information on each plan in the sections below:

Option 1 – Two-year full-time plan of study

Students in this plan of study enter the MSW program in the fall semester and complete the degree over four terms of study in two academic years.

Year 1 (Foundation Curriculum- 30 credits)

Term One - Fall: 15 credits
Course Title Credits
SW 500 Foundation Field Education Practicum I w/ Seminar* 3
SW 501 Social Work Practice I: Individuals and Families 3
SW 504 Social Welfare Policy 3
SW 505 Social Work Research 3
SW 506 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I - Theories 3

Term Two - Spring: 15 credits
Course Title Credits
SW 502 Foundation Field Education Practicum II w/ seminar* 3
SW 503 Social Work Practice II: Groups, Organizations and Communities 3
SW 507 Human Behavior in the Social Envionment II - Issues of Diversity and Oppression 3
SW 508 Pyschopathology 3
SW 509 Interprofessional Education (IPE) Option 3

*The field education placement is 16 hours per week

Year 2 (Advanced Concentration Curriculum- 30 credits)

Term Three - Fall: 15 credits
Course Title Credits
SW 600 Advanced Field Education Practicum I in Health/Behavioral Health with Seminar* 4
SW 601 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research 2
Elective** 3
Elective** 3

Term Four - Spring: 15 credits
Course Title Credits
SW 602 Advanced Field Education Practicum II in Health/Behavioral Health w/ Seminar* 4
SW 603 Advanced Organizational SW Practice: Program Management, Supervision and Professional Ethics 3
SW 605 Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project 2
Elective** 3
Elective** 3

*The field education placement is 24 hours per week
** There are four elective courses; however, one must be an advanced clinical course, and an additional elective must support the chosen field of practice.

An education abroad experience is available:
The advanced concentration field placement and two electives may be taken in June-November of the second year of study in India at an approved MSW program. Classes are offered in English. 

This is a unique opportunity for those interested in global health and community practice. 

With this option, Year 1 is taken following the regular full-time program just described. Interested students will apply for this option in the fall of the first semester.  If accepted, SW 601 and SW 604 are taken in the first summer session following the Year 1 classes.  In the second summer session following Year 1 and the fall of Year 2, the student will be in India completing the advanced field practicum of 600 hours, SW 600 and SW 602, and two of the elective courses for the advanced concentration curriculum. In the spring semester of Year 2, the final 12 credits of courses (SW 603, SW 605, and two electives) are taken at Quinnipiac University.

Option 2 – Three-year extended plan of study

In this plan of study, the foundation curriculum is completed over two years on a "part-time" basis and the advanced concentration curriculum is completed full-time over the last nine months of study. That is, the MSW is completed over six terms of study in three academic years. Students usually enter this plan for the MSW program in the fall semester.

Year 1 (Foundation Curriculum- 12 credits)
Note: Classes will be offered in evenings.

Term One - Fall: 6 credits
Course Title Credits
SW 505 Social Work Research 3
SW 506 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I - Theories 3

Term Two - Spring: 6 credits
Course Title Credits
SW 504 Social Welfare Policy 3
SW 507 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II - Issues of Diversity and Oppression 3


Year 2 (Foundation Curriculum- 18 credits)

Term Three - Fall: 9 credits
Course Title Credits
SW 500 Foundation Field Education Practicum I w/ Seminar* 3
SW 501 Social Work Practice I: Individuals and Families 3
SW 508 Psychopathology 3

Term Four - Spring: 9 credits
Course Title Credits
SW 502 Foundation Field Education Practicum II w/ Seminar* 3
SW 503 Social Work Practice II: Groups, Communities and Organizations 3
SW 509 Interprofessional Education (IPE) Option 3

 *The field placement is 16 hours per week

Year 3 (Advanced Concentration Curriculum- 30 credits)

Term Five - Fall: 15 credits
Course Title Credits
SW 600 Advanced Field Education Practicum I in Health/Behavioral Health w/ Seminar** 4
SW 601 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research 2
Elective*** 3
Elective*** 3

Term Six - Spring: 15 credits
Course Title Credits
SW 602 Advanced Field Education Practicum II in Health/Behavioral Health w/ Seminar** 4
SW 603 Advanced Organizational SW Practice: Program Management, Supervision and Professional Ethics 3
SW 605 Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project 2
Elective*** 3
Elective*** 3

**The field placement is 24 hours per week
***There are four elective courses; however, one must be an advanced clinical course, and an additional elective must support the chosen field of practice.

An education abroad experience is available:
The advanced concentration field placement and two electives may be taken in June-November of the second year of study in India at an approved MSW program. Classes are offered in English.

This is a unique opportunity for those interested in global health and community practice. 

For more information on this opportunity, please see the option 1 description.

Option 3 – Accelerated plan of study

This plan is for those applicants with outstanding academic achievement in an undergraduate program and evidence of experience in social services (either through employment or internships). If accepted, students complete the MSW over four full terms of study, beginning in spring and including one summer semester. The full MSW program is completed in 16 months.

It is anticipated that admission to this option will be very competitive, and not all those who apply will be accepted (the other two options will be available). Also, the education abroad experience is not available to those in this accelerated option.

Note: Foundation field education is 16 hours per week and advanced field education is 24 hours per week.

Term One - Spring: 15 credits
Course Title Credits
SW 500 Foundation Field Education Practicum I with Seminar 3
SW 501 Social Work Practice I: Individuals and Families 3
SW 504 Social Welfare Policy 3
SW 505 Social Work Research 3
SW 506 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I - Theories 3

Term Two - Summer: 15 credits
Course Title Credits
SW 502 Foundation Field Education Practicum II with Seminar 3
SW 503 Social Work Practice II: Groups, Communities and Organizations 3
SW 507 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II - Issues of Diversity and Oppression 3
SW 508 Psychopathology 3
SW 509 Interprofessional Education (IPE) Option 3

Term Three - Fall: 15 credits
Course Title Credits
SW 600 Advanced Field Education Practicum I in Health/Behavioral Health w/ Seminar 4
SW 601 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research 2
Elective* 3
Elective* 3

Term Four - Spring: 15 credits
Course Title Credits
SW 602 Advanced Field Education Practicum II in Health/Behavioral Health w/ Seminar 4
SW 603 Advanced Organizational SW Practice: Program Management, Supervision and Professional Ethics 3
SW 605 Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project 2
Elective* 3
Elective* 3

*There are four elective courses; however, one must be an advanced clinical course, and an additional elective must support the chosen field of practice.